Angels, according to the Holy Bible, are spiritual beings who were created by God at the dawn of time. Their primary mission is to be of service to God and act as messengers of His will to mankind. They are also in charge of looking after every human being, serving as catalysts of divine grace for them.
Archangels, on the other hand, are considered to have the highest rank among the angels. In Catholic teachings, there are only three archangels in existence: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, and St. Raphael. Even their names represent their role of being in high service to God, as the word “El” itself signifies “God.” (Read: Three Simple Prayers to Your Guardian Angel)
According to scriptures, the archangels have similar tasks as those of the common angels. However, they also have their individual missions that are considered to be of higher purpose.
St. Michael is the archangel who fights against Satan and his emissaries. As defender of those who love God, he has the duty to protect humanity. St. Gabriel is an important messenger of God’s will. He was the archangel who revealed to Daniel the secrets of God’s plan, to Zechariah the birth of John the Baptist, and to Mary the conception of Jesus. Lastly, St. Raphael stands before the throne of God. He was the archangel who accompanied and protected Tobias in his perilous journey, healed his father from blindness, and saved his future bride from the influence of evil.
Today, seek guidance from these three archangels with powerful prayers!
Prayer to St. Gabriel the Archangel
O God, who from among all your angels chose the Archangel Gabriel to announce the mystery of the Incarnation, mercifully grant that we who solemnly remember him on earth may feel the benefit of his patronage in heaven, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him. We humbly pray, and do thou O Prince of the heavenly host. By the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel
O God, send the Archangel Raphael to our assistance. May he who stands forever praising you at your throne present our humble petitions to be blessed by you. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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